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Big Kahuna’s Island Bowls opens in Winter Springs, Uncle Julio's coming to I-Drive and more in Orlando foodie news




The 3,400-square-foot Orange County Brewers will open in the former Fiat space on the corner of Orange Avenue and Jefferson Street this May and will feature a pizza joint called Orlando Pizza and Wing Co. ... Look for Lineage Coffee to open a second location next to Lazy Moon Pizza on Colonial Drive later this year ... Reyes Mezcaleria by Jason and Sue Chin (Osprey Tavern, Seito Sushi) is currently hiring and will open in the old Citrus space by mid-April ... Tex-Mex joint the Whole Enchilada will open on Plant Street in Winter Garden some time this fall ... The District Eatery + Tap & Barrel has opened on Second Street in Sanford ... Manny's Original Chophouse, with restaurants in Kissimmee, Winter Haven, Haines City and Lake Wales, will move into the old Lago space in Baldwin Park later this year ... Big Kahuna's Island Style Bowls has opened in Winter Springs ... Tijuana Flats has opened outposts in Celebration and ChampionsGate ... Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant will open in an 8,500-square-foot space at I-Drive 360 this summer ... Universal's Volcano Bay water park will have four dining locations: Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social ClubWhakawaiwai EatsBambu and the Feasting Frog ... Guests at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom will enjoy healthy eats at Satu'li Canteen.


Trevi Pasta Express in Ivanhoe Village will close for a few weeks to undergo renovations to the kitchen and dining room.


The Taste of West Orange goes from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Ocoee, with food and drink provided by such outfits as RusTeak, Market to Table, Dead Lizard Brewing and more. Tickets are $40 advance; $50 day of ... The Taste at I-Drive 360 is Sunday, April 2, while the Taste of College Park is April 6 at Dubsdread ... Orlando Brewing celebrates 11 years April 7 with four limited-release beers ... James Beard Foundation Award nominees and winners gather for Women in the Kitchen at Lake Meadow Naturals April 23 in support of the foundation's work in advancing women in the culinary industry. Cost is $150 ... Cress Restaurant's Hari Pulapaka has been named to the Grist 50, a list of inspiring innovators working on fresh solutions to humanity's biggest problems.


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